Wednesday, 23 January 2019

droste effect

Via the always engrossing Kottke, we are introduced to vivid and thoughtful portfolio of artist and photographer Annie Wang through her ongoing series “The Mother as a Creator,” documenting raising her son. Each successive image, layer of her and her growing son contains the snapshot of the past ones—coaxing out many levels all sharing the same surface. Find out more at the links above.


We are enjoying these promotional stills, studio cards from the 1982 production of TRON of cast members posing for candid shots in their uniforms bereft of the benefit of post-production ethereal glow.
It’s worth noting that the film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Costume Design but was famously disqualified for Oscar consideration in the category of visual effects because the film’s extensive reliance on computer-generated environments and simulations—a rather myopic assessment that the Academy made amends for fourteen years later. Much more to explore at Dangerous Minds at the link up top.


Via the always excellent Nag on the Lake with a bit of an update from Colossal, we learn about a loyal but frustrated rail commuter who, much like Andean quipu or the zealous knitter who got carried away with the Doctor’s scarf, documented delays experienced in coloured wool bands during her daily trip (two a day—round-trip, hin- und züruck) between Moosburg an der Isar and München, which should take approximately thirty minutes on regional trains—once infrastructure repairs and diverting to buses meant that long interruptions became the norm.
Her one hundred-twenty centimetre long handiwork (reminiscent of a DNA test result in the rawest form) garnered a lot of attention after her daughter, a prominent journalist and news editor, posted it on social media. The knitter decided the auction off the “train-delay-scarf” for the charity Bahnhofs Mission, an outreach and assistance programme for the homeless, transient and precarious based in train stations, raising several thousand euro. Claudia Weber, the creator, is working on a new shawl for 2019.


The Ten Year Challenge would be an otherwise harmless trend if the internet had not become such an awful, prying panopticon where all the fun and frivolity is siphoned out of things and we pressure each other to participate in a training module that teaches algorithms to account for and better predict age progression, criminal tendencies and uncorrected personality traits, so we enjoyed seeing it re-appropriated by environmental activists. Stark and depressing—though with at least a few signs of positive rehabilitation—side-by-side images that compare and contrast (previously) the myriad ways humans are destroying ecosystems are becoming a powerful call to action. Learn more and help stop the clock at the links above.

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

you said it would last but i guess we enrolled

Our faithful chronicler informs that on this day, among many other momentous occasions, during a US Super Bowl commercial break—a showcase and vehicle for maximising the exposure of new releases—Apple aired its “1984” advertisement (previously) directed by Ridley Scott. Thought police pursue a rogue runner through a monochrome, dystopian landscape but fail to prevent her from hurling a sledge hammer at the main telescreen where Big Brother—portrayed by David Graham (voice actor who played the Darleks and several characters on Thunderbirds Are Go!—is addressing the gathered throngs of labourers:

Today, we celebrate the first glorious anniversary of the Information Purification Directives. We have created, for the first time in all history, a garden of pure ideology—where each worker may bloom, secure from the pests purveying contradictory truths. Our Unification of Thoughts is more powerful a weapon than any fleet or army on earth. We are one people, with one will, one resolve, one cause. Our enemies shall talk themselves to death, and we will bury them with their own confusion. We shall prevail!

The screen shatters into smithereens at the Big Brother proclaims victory and the grey scenery is replaced with the company’s rainbow logo.